from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The science or practice of transcribing speech by means of symbols representing elements of sound; phonetic transcription.
  • n. A system of shorthand based on phonetic transcription.

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  • n. the transcription of speech using symbols
  • n. a form of shorthand using such symbols
  • n. The art of constructing, or using, the phonograph.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A description of the laws of the human voice, or sounds uttered by the organs of speech.
  • n. A representation of sounds by distinctive characters; commonly, a system of shorthand writing invented by Isaac Pitman, or a modification of his system, much used by reporters.
  • n. The art of constructing, or using, the phonograph.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of sound-signs, or the representation of vocal sounds.
  • n. The representation of words as they are pronounced; specifically, a system of phonetic writing in shorthand introduced by Isaac Pitman of Bath, England, in the year 1837.
  • n. The construction and use of phonographs, and the recording of sound by mechanical means, with a view to its reproduction.


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From French phonographie


  • Look at the words 'defective,' 'phonography' and all of it.

    Pine Needles, 1921.

  • Manutius and Nicholas Jenson successively excelled, has attained its acme of perfection, and that our grand-children will no longer trust their works to this somewhat antiquated process, now become very easy to replace by phonography, which is yet in its initial stage, and of which we have much to hope.”

    The End of Books

  • Printing, a "somewhat antiquated process" that for centuries "has reigned despotically over the mind of man," would be replaced by "phonography," and libraries would be turned into "phonographotecks."

    NPR Topics: News

  • Eggs phonography: find some eggs that have already been cooked.

    To Serve Man

  • Billboard allows you to get a birds-eye view of the Billboard Hot 100 by listening to all the #1 singles from 1958 through the millenium using a technique I've been working on for a couple of years called time-lapse phonography.

    Boing Boing: December 25, 2005 - December 31, 2005 Archives

  • I believe, then, in the success of everything which will favor and encourage the indolence and selfishness of men; the elevator has done away with the toilsome climbing of stairs; phonography will probably be the destruction of printing.

    The End of Books

  • Just as oculists have multiplied since the invention of journalism, so with the phonography yet to be, the aurists will begin to abound.

    The End of Books

  • The phonography of the future will be at the service of our grandchildren on all the occasions of life.

    The End of Books

  • Starting in radiophonics, escalation 746 has explored performance art, music, soundtracks, phonography, electro-acoustics and other disciplines.


  • Someone posted yesterday on one of the lists I'm on Chain-Tape that he's involved in an upcoming show in London "based on field recordings/phonography and its use in composition", and that his piece in progress "consists solely of sounds generated by fridges, focusing on household sounds that permeate out into our individual environments, turning this into a continuous mix lasting just under an hour".

    [film] Ask the Dust


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